The 2012 International Residential Code (R311.2) requires a minimum of one egress door. The egress door must be at least 32 inches wide and no less than 72 inches in height. Additionally, the door must be side hinged and be able to be opened from the inside without a key, special knowledge or effort.
The requirements listed above eliminate the use of other types of doors used for primary egress. Other non- approved egress doors may include; sliding, roll up, pocket and garage doors. It is important to note that the egress door requirement is only applicable to the designated egress door, and does not apply to other doors within the home. Lastly, the building code prohibits the primary path of egress through the garage.
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